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Faith and Marriage
Bahá’í Perspectives
Topics
 Quick Bahá’í Intro
 Marriage Laws and Guidance
 Weddings
 The Family
 Equality of Women and Men
 Mixed Marri...
Quick Bahá’í Intro
 Bahá’ís are followers of Bahá’u’lláh
 Bahá’u’lláh was born in Iran in 1817 and
died in exile in Pale...
Bahá’í Marriage Defined
 “Bahá'í marriage is the commitment of
the two parties one to the other, and
their mutual attachm...
True Marriage
 “The true marriage of Bahá'ís is this,
that husband and wife should be
united both physically and spiritua...
“To foster harmony”
 “Bahá'í marriage is union and cordial
affection between the two parties.
They must, however, exercis...
Purpose of Marriage
 “…when He desired to manifest grace
and beneficence to men, and to set
the world in order…He establi...
Consent of Parents
 “…marriage is dependent upon the
consent of both parties. Desiring to
establish love, unity and harmo...
Wedding Ceremony
 Requirements
◦ Bride and Groom each recite marriage
verse separately in presence of two
witnesses
◦ Ove...
Wedding Verse
“We will all, verily,
abide by the Will of
God.”
Bahá’í Weddings
Weddings at Temples
 Currently, seven Bahá’í Houses of
Worship in the world (one near
Sydney)
 For meditation and the Wo...
Family is Fundamental
 “Bahá'u'lláh came to bring unity to the
world, and a fundamental unity is that
of the family. Ther...
Within the Family
 “Just as the son has certain
obligations to his father, the father,
likewise, has certain obligations ...
Equality of Women and Men
 “Women and men have been and will
always be equal in the sight of God.
The Dawning-Place of th...
Equality within Marriage
 “There are…times when a wife should
defer to her husband, and times when
a husband should defer...
Interracial Marriage
 “For both Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá
never disapproved of the idea of
interracial marriage, nor d...
Interreligious Marriage
“QUESTION: Is it permissible for a
believer to marry an unbeliever?
ANSWER: Both taking and giving...
Divorce
 “Truly, the Lord loveth union and
harmony and abhorreth separation
and divorce. Live ye one with another,
O peop...
Year of Waiting
 “Should resentment or antipathy arise
between husband and wife…[they
must] bide in patience throughout t...
The Station of Marriage
 “In Thine almighty wisdom Thou hast
enjoined marriage upon the peoples,
that the generations of ...
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Baha'i Views on Faith and Marriage

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Baha'i view on Faith and Marriage for a Banyule Interfaith Network forum on the subject of Faith and Marriage, 14 April 2013.

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Baha'i Views on Faith and Marriage

  1. 1. Faith and Marriage Bahá’í Perspectives
  2. 2. Topics  Quick Bahá’í Intro  Marriage Laws and Guidance  Weddings  The Family  Equality of Women and Men  Mixed Marriages  Divorce  The Station of Marriage
  3. 3. Quick Bahá’í Intro  Bahá’ís are followers of Bahá’u’lláh  Bahá’u’lláh was born in Iran in 1817 and died in exile in Palestine in 1892  He appointed His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as His successor and authorised interpreter  The Faith is now guided by scripture, the Guardianship, and the Universal House of Justice  The Bahá’í Faith has no clergy  Bahá’ís come from nearly every nation, ethnic group, culture, profession, and social or economic background
  4. 4. Bahá’í Marriage Defined  “Bahá'í marriage is the commitment of the two parties one to the other, and their mutual attachment of mind and heart. Each must, however, exercise the utmost care to become thoroughly acquainted with the character of the other, that the binding covenant between them may be a tie that will endure forever.” ~‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  5. 5. True Marriage  “The true marriage of Bahá'ís is this, that husband and wife should be united both physically and spiritually, that they may ever improve the spiritual life of each other, and may enjoy everlasting unity throughout all the worlds of God. This is Bahá'í marriage.” ~‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  6. 6. “To foster harmony”  “Bahá'í marriage is union and cordial affection between the two parties. They must, however, exercise the utmost care and become acquainted with each other's character. This eternal bond should be made secure by a firm covenant, and the intention should be to foster harmony, fellowship and unity and to attain everlasting life.” ~‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  7. 7. Purpose of Marriage  “…when He desired to manifest grace and beneficence to men, and to set the world in order…He established the law of marriage, made it as a fortress for well-being and salvation…He saith , great is His glory: ‘Marry, O people, that from you may appear he who will remember Me amongst My servants...’” ~Bahá’u’lláh
  8. 8. Consent of Parents  “…marriage is dependent upon the consent of both parties. Desiring to establish love, unity and harmony amidst Our servants, We have conditioned it, once the couple's wish is known, upon the permission of their parents, lest enmity and rancour should arise amongst them.” ~Bahá’u’lláh
  9. 9. Wedding Ceremony  Requirements ◦ Bride and Groom each recite marriage verse separately in presence of two witnesses ◦ Overseen by the Local Spiritual Assembly  Variations ◦ Determined by personal tastes, family resources, and cultural traditions, from small to large, including all manner of music, dance, dress, food, and festivity
  10. 10. Wedding Verse “We will all, verily, abide by the Will of God.”
  11. 11. Bahá’í Weddings
  12. 12. Weddings at Temples  Currently, seven Bahá’í Houses of Worship in the world (one near Sydney)  For meditation and the Word of God  Weddings are permitted in the gardens  Only Bahá’í weddings are permitted (although anyone can have one)
  13. 13. Family is Fundamental  “Bahá'u'lláh came to bring unity to the world, and a fundamental unity is that of the family. Therefore, we must believe that the Faith is intended to strengthen the family, not weaken it. For example, service to the Cause should not produce neglect of the family.” ~Universal House of Justice
  14. 14. Within the Family  “Just as the son has certain obligations to his father, the father, likewise, has certain obligations to his son. The mother, the sister and other members of the household have their certain prerogatives. All these rights and prerogatives must be conserved, yet the unity of the family must be sustained.” ~‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  15. 15. Equality of Women and Men  “Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God. The Dawning-Place of the Light of God sheddeth its radiance upon all with the same effulgence. Verily God created women for men, and men for women.” ~‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  16. 16. Equality within Marriage  “There are…times when a wife should defer to her husband, and times when a husband should defer to his wife, but neither should ever unjustly dominate the other…. ‘Verily they are married in obedience to Thy command. Cause them to become the signs of harmony and unity until the end of time.’” ~Universal House of Justice
  17. 17. Interracial Marriage  “For both Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá never disapproved of the idea of interracial marriage, nor discouraged it. The Bahá'í Teachings, indeed, by their very nature transcend all limitations imposed by race…” ~Shoghi Effendi
  18. 18. Interreligious Marriage “QUESTION: Is it permissible for a believer to marry an unbeliever? ANSWER: Both taking and giving in marriage are permissible; thus did the Lord decree when He ascended the throne of bounteousness and grace.” ~Bahá’u’lláh
  19. 19. Divorce  “Truly, the Lord loveth union and harmony and abhorreth separation and divorce. Live ye one with another, O people, in radiance and joy.” ~Bahá’u’lláh
  20. 20. Year of Waiting  “Should resentment or antipathy arise between husband and wife…[they must] bide in patience throughout the course of one whole year, that perchance the fragrance of affection may be renewed between them. If, upon the completion of this period, their love hath not returned, it is permissible for divorce to take place.” ~Bahá’u’lláh
  21. 21. The Station of Marriage  “In Thine almighty wisdom Thou hast enjoined marriage upon the peoples, that the generations of men may succeed one another in this contingent world, and that ever, so long as the world shall last, they may busy themselves at the Threshold of Thy oneness with servitude and worship, with salutation, adoration and praise.” ~‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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